In the aftermath of the Pulwama Terrorist Attack, China has yet again rejected India’s appeal to list JeM Chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the United Nations Security Council.
#NewsAlert – China again declines to back India’s appeal to list JeM Chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the @UN following the Pulwama attack. | #IndiaWithMartyrs pic.twitter.com/fTiOdlug7J
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China, however, did condemn the attacks but refused to change its stance on Masood Azhar. “China has noted the reports of suicide terrorist attack. We are deeply shocked by this attack. We express deep condolences and sympathy to the injured and bereaved families,” spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Geng Shuang, stated. “We firmly oppose and strongly condemn all forms of terrorism. We hope relevant regional countries will cooperate to cope with the threat of terrorism and jointly uphold regional peace and stability,” he was quoted as saying.
On the issue of Azhar, Shuang said, “As for the issue of listing, I could tell you that the 1267 Committee of Security Council has a clear stipulation on the listing and procedure of the terrorist organisations. JeM has been included in the Security Council terrorism sanctions list. China will continue to handle the relevant sanctions issue in a constructive and responsible manner.”
China has always vetoed India’s appeal to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. Moreover, in recent times, China and India have been involved in the conflict, most notable over Doklam. The relationship between Pakistan and China also has become very intimate in recent times with the latter making heavy investments in the country to further its own imperialist interests.